Infertility Exposure to heat, infections leading cause of ailment - Experts

An online dictionary defines herniorrhaphy as operation for hernia that involves opening the hernial sac, returning the contents to their normal place, obliterating the hernial sac and closing the opening with strong sutures.

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According to an expert, not all fertile men may be able to donate sperm.

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Dr Toochukwu Nwoye, a gynaecologist with Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, said on Wednesday that infertility among couples could be due to excessive exposure to heat or infections.

Nwoye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that undue exposure of testis to heat could lead to sperm count abnormalities or absence of sperm production in extreme cause.

Other factors he mentioned included chromosomal abnormalities, abnormalities of the genital tract such as imperforated hymen and testicular feminisation syndrome, among others.

According to an online dictionary, chromosome is a structure in all living cells that consists of a single molecule of DNA bonded to various proteins and that carries the genes determining heredity.

He added that these factors could be either congenital or acquired, stressing that the congenital factor stems from abnormalities of sex inherent at birth and malfunctions of the male genital tract.

Nwoye said these conditions could also occur in female leading to the problem of menstrual cycle such as ovulation.
According to him, acquired condition of the ovaries and tubes inflammation could be due to previous sexually transmitted infection, pelvic inflaming disease or polycystic ovaring syndrome, among others.

He, however, said that women with goitre or thyroid in the body were also at risk of infertility.

Similarly, Dr Frank Ifeoma, a family physician of the same hospital, said infections of the genital track such as gonorrhoea and syphilis could damage the genital tract and testis resulting in male infertility.

She added: "Surgeries like herniorrhaphy and other pelvic surgeries can damage the verse defense; the conduit pipe that transports the sperm from uterus to fallopian tube thus preventing conception.’’

An online dictionary defines herniorrhaphy as operation for hernia that involves opening the hernial sac, returning the contents to their normal place, obliterating the hernial sac and closing the opening with strong sutures.

However, the experts enjoined the public especially couples to imbibe healthy lifestyle and good balanced diet, reduce excessive intake of alcohol, avoid tobacco smoking and exercise regularly.

They also encouraged young people to abstain from premarital sex or use a condom for protection and avoid unwanted pregnancy.

They suggested that where abortion becomes inevitable it must be done by a qualified medical practitioner to avoid consequences that may affect the womb or the fallopian tubes.

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